THE GOOD NEWS
Well, if you look at it realistically, things can't get worse for this program after a 9-51 run the past two years, right? Guard Chris De La Rosa has another year left and will lead the underclassmen and whatever Randy Monroe can add as the Retrievers look to get at least respectable next season. Remember, things have a way of changing quickly on the Mid-Major level. Keep an eye on young players Chase Plummer and Adrian Satchell up front.
THE BAD NEWS
When you lose 51 games in two seasons, losing tends to become a way of life and it's a difficult thing to turn around. The Retrievers lost 23.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in the departing Justin Fry, Travis King and Laurence Jolicoeur and that production has to be replaced.
Guard Chris De La Rosa was second team All-America East and is one of the best players in the conference after averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 assists per game, and he will lead a young group as one of only two seniors on the roster. There is talent up front, with Chase Plummer, Adrian Satchell and Matt Conway having ability, but it all has to work through De La Rosa.
--Junior G Chris De La Rosa, a second team All-America East selection, earned the 2011 America East Player of the Game award for most selections to the nightly honor. His 464 points were the 11th-most in UMBC history and his 12 20-point games was three shy of Darryl Proctor's school Division I record for most 20-point games in a season.
--Coach Randy Monroe was glad he got graduate student Justin Fry back after Fry had missed last season with a knee injury. "Justin has been playing solid basketball this year," the coach said late in the season, "It took awhile to get his game legs, timing and stamina up, but he has put together a good stretch of basketball lately, and it is well-deserved. He has given UMBC a total commitment throughout his five years, and I'd like to see his career end on a high note."
--Fry finished his career with a season that saw him score 9.2 points and grab 6.0 rebounds per game in his senior season. He was the last remaining member of the 2008 league title team. He also had a 20-point/20-rebound game on Senior Night.
--Graduate students Fry, Travis King and Laurence Jolicoeur combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Binghamton in the final game of the season.
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